The Cruiseman Says

1.If your cruise line permits it, pack some bottled water in your suitcase.  Or – simply take a refillable water bottle with you and fill it from any drinking fountain, or in your cabin.
2.Pre-cruise stays are key to unwinding before the cruise and avoiding unnecessary stress in getting to the ship on time.
3.Pack lightly. You can always buy extra items onboard or in port. And there are laundry facilities on most ships.
4.Book your cruise early. 
5.Get a passport. It’s not required for most cruises, but you should have one anyway.
6.Upgrade to an Oceanview or balcony cabin.
7.Wash your hands to stay healthy.
8.Know where you are going. Get to know in advance the culture, politics, and sites at the ports you will be visiting. This makes your visit much more enjoyable
9.Schedule your flight home after 1 PM on the day your ship disembarks to allow plenty of time to clear customs and travel to the airport.
10.Read the ship’s daily activities schedule. You will not want to miss out on items of interest to you.  But, remember, you don’t have to go to everything!  Plan for some leisure time also!  
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